Meniere’s Disease is a serious disorder of the inner ear that very few people are familiar with, but that actually affects a large portion of the adult population. This ear disease can occur at any age, though it is most common in adults between the ages of 20 and 50. By having a better understanding of this disease and its symptoms and treatment options, you can be better prepared to seek the care you need should you develop any of the common symptoms.
U.S. Hearing Solutions provides a wide variety of the industry’s top hearing aids for those suffering from hearing loss. However, hearing aids alone will not treat a condition like Meniere’s Disease. That is why it is so important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms and to seek medical care early.
What is Meniere’s Disease?
Meniere’s Disease affects the inner ear and can gradually lead to a number of related health issues, including ringing of the ears (tinnitus) and even permanent hearing loss. Typically, Meniere’s Disease will only affect one ear, though it is possible to develop the condition in both ears over a period of time.
What are the symptoms?
There are a number of common symptoms to watch out for that could be indicative of Meniere’s Disease. The most common symptom is a sudden feeling of vertigo or dizziness; these episodes can last anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours, depending on the severity. Some people will even experience vomiting and/or nausea as a result of their vertigo. Other common symptoms include:
- unexplained hearing loss in one ear
- ringing in the ear
- a feeling of “fullness” in one ear or on one side of the head
If any of these symptoms apply to you, it’s important to see a doctor for an evaluation as soon as possible.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
To diagnose Meniere’s Disease, your doctor will evaluate your specific symptoms and conduct hearing tests. In some cases, an ENG test, a blood test, or an MRI scan may also be recommended to rule out other potential causes of the symptoms.
While there is no outright cure for Meniere’s Disease, there are treatment and management options. These include medications, non-invasive procedures, surgeries, and even changes to diet. Your doctor will be able to make the best recommendation for treatment based on your specific needs and the severity of your symptoms.
Some of the signs of Meniere’s Disease could also be attributed to gradual hearing loss that comes with age. If your doctor has ruled out Meniere’s Disease as a possible reason for your hearing loss, hearing aids may be a good next step. If you would like a free hearing assessment at any one of our locations, please contact us today. Our team offers patient-centered and compassionate care for those in need of hearing aids.